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Andrew Lush
(lushy) - MLife

Locale: Lake Mungo, Mutawintji NPs
No more new gear for me... on 03/15/2009 18:58:52 MDT Print View

I have decided that I will not purchase any more new gear this year.

My base weight is a very comfortable 4kg and that is light enough for me.

I have 6 backpacks, 5 sleeping bags, heaps of sleeping pads and too many stoves to count. In short I have an addiction.

So I am taking a break from all the shopping and I'm going to spend more time actually bushwalking.

There - I feel better already.

Edited by lushy on 03/15/2009 18:59:47 MDT.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: No more new gear for me... on 03/15/2009 19:01:33 MDT Print View

Know exactly how you feel and tried doing it myself. But somewhere along the line you get caught up in it again. It's really weird how UL enthusiasts probably have more gear than most traditional walkers... they're light on the trail, but beasts of burden at home.

joe w
(sandalot) - F
Re: No more new gear for me... on 03/15/2009 19:09:16 MDT Print View

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Edited by sandalot on 09/19/2009 16:12:12 MDT.

Andrew Lush
(lushy) - MLife

Locale: Lake Mungo, Mutawintji NPs
Re: No more new gear for me... on 03/15/2009 19:56:56 MDT Print View

I just realised that I have 7 sleeping bags and 8 backpacks.

I'm sicker than I thought!

NO MORE NEW (or old) GEAR FOR ME!!!

(I can do this, I can do this....)

joe w
(sandalot) - F
Re: Re: No more new gear for me... on 03/15/2009 20:03:22 MDT Print View

nm

Edited by sandalot on 09/19/2009 16:11:41 MDT.

twig .
(bretthartwig) - MLife

Locale: Australia
No more new gear for me... on 03/15/2009 20:09:43 MDT Print View

Andrew,
All the best with your goal of buying no NEW gear, I have some SECOND HAND gear you can buy if you feel the need!

Andrew Lush
(lushy) - MLife

Locale: Lake Mungo, Mutawintji NPs
re: No more new gear for me... on 03/15/2009 20:49:38 MDT Print View

Oh my god, Joe - I forgot about my shelters!

Let's see. I have:

* TT Contrail
* Gatewood Cape
* GG The One
* 2 BPL Tarps
* 3 assorted other tarps
* and 5 other tents (not lightweight though)

I think that's it. But stand-by for a future edit... :p


And as for you Brett: Get thee away from thine own bushwalking gear cupboard, evil tempter!

twig .
(bretthartwig) - MLife

Locale: Australia
No more new gear for me... on 03/15/2009 20:57:18 MDT Print View

Sorry to take away from the post for a minute, but what is your verdict on the one vs the contrail. Cheers!

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: No more new gear for me... on 03/15/2009 21:01:29 MDT Print View

Andrew, perhaps instead of going cold turkey, you can make a pact with yourself. If you want a new XXXX, you must first sell one of your existing XXXXs. This is less painful than just saying NO!

Andrew Lush
(lushy) - MLife

Locale: Lake Mungo, Mutawintji NPs
re: No more new gear for me... on 03/15/2009 21:06:49 MDT Print View

Right: The One vs Contrail.

I'd take the Contrail every time. It so much easier and quicker than The One to erect.

The One is lighter than the Contrail, but its lightness is not enough to outweigh its fiddly nature.
At the end of a long day, when you're buggered and keen to hit the sack, the Contrail is a joy. It's up and you're cosy in two minutes. Not so The One.

At least that's my opinion.

Andrew Lush
(lushy) - MLife

Locale: Lake Mungo, Mutawintji NPs
re: No more new gear for me... on 03/15/2009 21:09:55 MDT Print View

Good point Lynn.

But I am going cold turkey. Now that I've made my intentions public, I will let y'all know if I remain true.

And I may even sell some stuff as well.

Jonathan Boozer
(anywayoutside) - MLife

Locale: South East
Re: Re: No more new gear for me... on 03/15/2009 21:10:29 MDT Print View

Gear rotation - yes it is a beautiful thing, but can be terribly time consuming (at least in any quantity). Be careful what you wish for...You might have to sell some great gear to get it.

joe w
(sandalot) - F
Re: re: No more new gear for me... on 03/15/2009 21:17:24 MDT Print View

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Edited by sandalot on 09/19/2009 16:13:15 MDT.

twig .
(bretthartwig) - MLife

Locale: Australia
No more new gear for me... on 03/16/2009 03:16:07 MDT Print View

Thanks for that Andrew, good to hear some first hand comparisons,I've got a contrail and have been thinking about dabbling with the one. Bought any new gear yet?!

Dan Cunningham
(mn-backpacker)

Locale: Land of 12,000 Loons
Re: No more new gear for me... on 03/16/2009 07:25:40 MDT Print View

"No more new gear for me..."

The less a man makes declarative statements, the less apt he is to look foolish in retrospect.

-Quentin Tarantino

Edited by mn-backpacker on 03/16/2009 07:26:10 MDT.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Economic Stimulus on 03/16/2009 10:14:41 MDT Print View

Here is the US, we owe it to ourselves to make 2009 the year of gear acquisition. So this is my strategy for explaining the need to purchase more stuff to my wife. Hey, if I don't buy it... she will use the money to buy more shoes. :)

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Economic Stimulus on 03/16/2009 11:10:54 MDT Print View

Lol...yes, it your PATRIOTIC duty to spend :-D

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: Economic Stimulus on 03/16/2009 12:48:15 MDT Print View

Not only is it the PATRIOTIC thing to do, it is also the HUMANE thing to do!

Thousands of Chinese are now forced back into subsistence farming and would DO ALMOST ANYTHING for another chance to sew you a pack or tent so they can put their kids through school.


Ben.
The Gear Enabler.

Edited by ben2world on 03/16/2009 12:49:10 MDT.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Economic Stimulus and BS tent manufacturing on 03/16/2009 18:02:49 MDT Print View

Ben2,
This whole slump could play right into the BS business plan. "I'm in China trying to get workers off the farm and into the factory."

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Economic Stimulus and BS tent manufacturing on 03/16/2009 19:15:38 MDT Print View

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Edited by ben2world on 03/16/2009 20:25:16 MDT.